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Rensselaerville Library getting cooler

Sep 15, 2021 1:21 pm

The Altamont Enterprise reports that part of the Rensselaerville Library will be cooler next summer with the installation of air conditioning. A $9,734 from the State Education Department and the State Library will cool off the library annex. Library’s director Heidemarie Carle said ghis is the second phase of part of a plan to air-condition the entire library. “The first phase was completed in 2020 when we used the same grant funding source to upgrade the existing HVAC [heating, ventilation, air conditioning] system in the Reading Room part of the library, adding the AC component,” Carle said. “We will use the new grant funds to install ductless mini-split units in the Annex part of the building. The Annex houses our Main Circulation Area, Computer Lab, Children’s Reading and Activity Rooms, and the several collections of books and electronic resources.” The cooler air won't just keep the books in the southern Albany County library in better condition. “If called upon, the library’s public space can be used as a cooling center in a heat emergency,” Carle said, “an asset in a community that once relied on the cooler temperatures of mountain summer days and where few houses had (or have) air conditioning.” Read more about this story in the Altamont Enterprise.

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